Celebrity chef and TV presenter Ainsley Harriott has announced that he is to separate from his wife of 23 years, costume designer Clare Fellows.
A spokesman said: “Following media speculation, Ainsley and Clare confirm that they are currently living apart. Their separation is completely amicable and, as yet, they have no definite plans for the future. They remain close and, together with their family, they ask that their privacy be respected. They will be making no further comment.”
The couple lived in £1 million home in south London, and have two children – Jimmy, aged 20, and Maddie, aged 17.
In previous interviews, the chef recalled falling in love with his wife at first sight after seeing her in a clothes shop.
“My wife Clare, she’s wonderful. I’m spoiled, but then she gets all those lovely meals cooked for her.”